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Famous Men and Women of Suffolk No 8 in a Series

In Aldeburgh, Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, suffolk, Suffrage movement on November 30, 2005 at 7:27 pm


Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett 1847 – 1929 Born Aldeburgh Suffolk

I was rightly criticised for not including enough women on my list of famous people from Suffolk. So here is a cracker who I hadn’t realised was from Aldeburgh.

Millicent Garrett Fawcett was famous for being the leader for 50 years of the movement for woman suffrage in England. She struggled against almost unanimous male opposition to political rights for women. When we think of the suffragette movement I guess we immediately think of Emily Pankhurst who is remembered for challenging authority with her very public shows of chaining herself to fences, hunger strikes and damage to property. As leader of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, Millicent is more remembered for having a more peaceful rational approach by lobbying and public education.

Looking back in history it is hard to say who had the most effect the hardline militants in the Suffragettes or the peaceful lobbying of the Suffrage movement but the 1st World War obviously had a lot to do with changing opinions.

In 1919, Parliament finally gave British women over the age of thirty the right to vote. Millicent was made a Dame in 1924 .

Cullum Road/Ramada Hotel and Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, Haberden Service Station, Olympics on November 29, 2005 at 7:48 pm

6pm 5.4 miles in 42 minutes 17 seconds .

Year to date mileage 1196

Month to date 107 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.1

Weather:Cold and dry

An easy run up Cullum Rd past the Haberden Rugby Club. One of my first jobs was at the Haberden Service Station. There was no self service in those days all the filling was down by the petrol pump attendant.The most memorable time working there was during a petrol shortage. I can’t remember the year but it must have been about 1976/1977. Cars were queued up for a mile just to get served. Petrol prices then were about 4 gallons for a fiver.

I then ran on past the Ramada Hotel and along the footpath/cycleway near the abbey gardens back into Town and home via Newmarket Road.

I expect participation in the sport of running to grow as we get closer to 2012 and the London Olympics. You can register your interest in acting as a volunteer for 2012 at this site.

Hadleigh 10

In Cineworld, Hadleigh, Hadleigh 10, Hadleigh Utd, Harry Potter, Shelley, Steve Ovett, Subway on November 27, 2005 at 7:26 pm






11am 10 miles in 1 hour 17 minutes 23 seconds .

Year to date mileage 1191

Month to date 102 miles

Average miles per month 110

Average weekly rate 25.2

Weather:Cool, sunshine and showers

Well done Hadleigh Hares for putting on a well organised event. This was a lovely course with plenty of undulations. The first four miles saw a lot of climbs but equally in the last four miles there were plenty of down hill sections near the beautiful village of Shelley.

There seemed to be a very good turn out despite the weather being a touch cold and wet at the start. I parked in the centre of Town and walked down over the medieval three arch bridge over the River Brett see photo above. I am sure several people must have painted this bridge as it is just stunning.

The start was from the Hadleigh United Football Ground not a ground I have ever visited before although I have seen Bury Town play at many venues.

Main decision before the start of the race was what to wear. I decided to keep my thermal long sleeve Steve Ovett top on with the St Edmunds Pacers Vest over the top, shorts and to wear gloves. I always find my hands suffer the most in cold weather. Once into the race I think I could have done with out the thermal top .

The first four miles seemed to contain 2-3 up hill sections.The roads were very wet and in 1 or 2 places the road turned into a puddle to run through. I am not sure if I set of a little to quick but I felt a bit rough between 2-3 miles. This might have been something to do with the toasted foot long sandwich I had from Subway last night after watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at the new Cineworld in Bury. My confidence was seeping a little with so many runners passing me and what with the cold and the drizzle I began to think what am I doing here? My first mile was run in 7.25 and the second mile in 7.40.

However I began to settle into a rhythm and by the drinks station at mile 5, I was feeling good and started to push on. My time at half way was 38.28. No one was passing me any more, mind you I don’t think I passed very many myself.

At around mile 7 there was a long downhill section which at the time was quite enjoyable. However come the bottom of the hill you turned a corner into a bit of a breeze and suddenly I was feeling a little tired and knowing that there was still 2.5 miles to go. Going downhill is every bit as disruptive to the system as going up hill.

The finish was back at the Hadleigh Football Club. Finishers received a rather nice woolen hat with a hare on the front. Like it and will wear this for running to be sure.

I was pleased with my time which was a pb since I started running again. Mind you I have only one other10 mile race to compare it with which was the Tarpley 10 which I ran in 1 hr 18.25. Today I ran 1 hr 17.23 over I think a tougher course and harder conditions so a slight improvement.

Glad I came to Hadleigh it looks a very interesting town and I will definitely be back to take a visit and wander around the streets and the river.

I will be posting many more photos from today’s run on my flickr site as soon as I can up load them.

Lackford, Suffolk

In Bill Oddie, Cavenham, Lackford, St Laurence, suffolk on November 26, 2005 at 12:43 pm


10am 4 miles in 33 minutes.

Year to date mileage 1181

Month to date 92 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.0

Weather:Cool, sunshine and showers

Lackford is about 6 miles from Bury St Edmunds out on the Mildenhall Road. I parked up on a side road in a fairly modern housing development. I set of on my run towards the church. The church of St Laurence is really quite impressive the tower dates from 1350 so there is nearly 700 years of history here.

I followed a footpath sign which took me along the back of the modern housing development before this ended back on the main Mildenhall Road. So I crossed over and headed along the road towards Cavenham. I quickly spotted another footpath which was very muddy across farm land owned by Lackford Estates. I was tempted to climb up a small mound to see what was on the over side . It turned out to be a man made lake or reservoirs presumably for water storage for the farm. I returned on the same route back to the car.

I suppose Lackford is now most well known for its Lakes which were established on old gravel workings next to the River Lark. It has been popularised by support from Bill Oddie a well known ornithologist and former member of the Goodies. It is a great place to see all kinds of birds but particularly the kingfisher.

Suffolk’s Pride

But come, my county, let me build thy claim Upon a base of more enduring fame, that thou hast earn’d thyself by art and toil. First Honours in the culture of the soil That prime of occupations and the best , Ordain’d divinely and divinely blest, That peaceful life which Patriarchs employ’d, Which Kings have lov’d and more than Kings enjoy’d. Here SUFFOLK, is thy theme for glory – here For honorable pride the lawful sphere. Then rest your fame, friends on your faithful ploughs, For here the staff of life abundant grows, And blesses him that reaps and him that sows.

Robert Hughman, extract from Suffolk.

Famous Men and Women of Suffolk No 7 in a Series

In Henry Crabb Robinson, John Constable, Louise Rame, Matthew Hopkins, Ouida, Robert Bloomfield, Thomas Gainsborough, William Alabaster on November 25, 2005 at 7:56 pm

In previous posts I have mentioned some of the famous men and women of Suffolk including

No 6 Henry Crabb Robinson – Diarist- Born in Bury St Edmunds
No 5 Thomas Gainsborough – Landscape and Portrait Artist – Born in Sudbury
No 4 Matthew Hopkins – Witchfinder General – Born in Ipswich
No 3 Louise Rame – Ouida – Author – Born in Bury St Edmunds
No 2 Robert Bloomfield – Poet- Born in Bury St Edmunds
No 1 John Constable – Romantic Landscape Artist – Born in East Bergholt

No 7 – William Alabaster 1567 – 1640 I mention because he was born in Hadleigh which is of course the venue for this Sundays 10 mile race.

His claim to fame was that he wrote Roxana, a Senecan tragedy in Latin. He is known for his theological works, including De bestia Apocalypsis (Delft, 1621) and Ecce sponsus venit (1633) and a Lexicon Pentaglotton (1637).

He was created Doctor of Divinity at Cambridge by royal command of King James the !st in 1614.

His personal sonnets included

“My friends, whose kindness doth their judgments blind”

My friends, whose kindness doth their judgments blind,
Know you, say they, the dangers where you run,
Which zeal hides from you, but compassion
Tells us? You feel the blow, the smart we find.
I know it well, and as I call to mind,
This is the bill: dearness, affection,
Friends, fortune, pleasure, fame, hope, life undone,
Want, prison, torment, death, shame–what behind?
Is then my sense transel’mented to steel,
That neither this, nor that, nor all, can feel,
Nor can it bend my mind, which theirs doth break?
Not so, nor so; for I am not insensate,
But feel a double grief that for Christ’s sake
I have no more to spend, nor have spent that

I understand some of the sonnets from Alabaster have been covered by Vaughan Williams though I have never heard them myself. Anyone familiar with his works?

If you are running on Sunday in Hadleigh spare a thought for him.

Ipswich Town v Reading

In Ipswich Town, Reading on November 24, 2005 at 9:32 pm


Ipswich Town 0 Reading 3. I was at Portman Road on Tuesday night for a game I expected we would lose but not in the manner of a comprehensive thrashing. Our formation of 4 – 4 – 1- 1 was a surprise. I really felt this was surrendering our home advantage by not playing both Parkin and Forster up front.

After Reading scored their first goal and Parkin had limped off we changed formation bringing on Wilnis as centre half and sending Naylor up front to partner Forster in a 4-4-2 . For the only period in the game we matched Reading. However throughout the game the side constantly gave the ball away, never got any width and looked slower to the ball.

3-0 was a flattering score line to Town. Confidence after this game must be at rock bottom. There is a real possibility that this side could drift into a relegation dogfight. This is the worst Town side I have seen for many years.

We lack any kind of goal threat. Midfield is full of ponderous slow coaches. I am afraid Jim Magiliton as great a servant as he has been for Town has stayed on one season to much and his legs are gone. Darren Currie is a bit of a luxury player. He has no pace, he can beat a player with some skill but unless you have several workhorses in midfield then he looks lazy. Horlock again is average and he really is part of the dead wood that needs clearing out. McEveley has no ball control plays like a centre back out of position as a wing back and as a result looks like a donkey. De Vos has no pace and is being caught out time and time again.

What assets do we have in the first team ? Hard to pick many out though I would say Sito Castrohas impressed. Both the goalkeepers Price and Supple will improve. Naylor gives 100% .
Both Westlake and Bowditch will return to form we hope! Owen Garvan is going to be a star.

Its not all doom if we can survive this season then the future is bright. There is some terrific potential in the Reserves and Youth side. Billy Whizz Clarke can’t be far away from a first team place even though he is only about 17-18 years old.

Things are desperate at Portman Road it isn’t any fun going there this season.

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

In Bury St Edmunds, Steve Ovett on November 24, 2005 at 6:56 pm

5.30pm 5.5 miles in 42 minutes 35 seconds.

Year to date mileage 1177

Month to date 88 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.1

Weather:Cool, slight breeze

At the moment I am getting into a rut of running the same course on week day evenings. I have repeated the same course for the last few evenings. This is always a mistake and it can only lead to getting into a rut so different courses are definitely on the agenda for my next outings.

I find I tend to do this because on dark nights it always seems much busier with more cars on the roads and it is easier to run a route you know that you won’t have to cross many roads. With late night shopping and the weather being cold every one is trying to get from A to B as quickly as possible and it is a little less safe out there. You definitely need to be seen and to wear some bright clothes. I guess I am guilty of not doing this enough and I will look out for some winter clothing that is reflective.

If you believe the weather forecasters this winter could be a bad one. I would welcome anyone’s recommendations on good winter clothing. I am still wearing thermal tops that I purchased some years ago which are Ovett wear. I am not sure if Steve Ovett still has a clothing company I wonder when I bought these?

I should have attended the West Suffolk Athletics track on Wednesday but I wasn’t able to because of a prior commitment. Also part of me was thinking that in the week of a race I am not sure if it helps to do a hard track session. I like to take it easy before hand and cut down the number of runs so I might have given the track a miss anyway this week.

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

In Bury St Edmunds, fog on November 21, 2005 at 6:51 pm

5.30pm 5.5 miles in 42 minutes 08 seconds.

Year to date mileage 1171

Month to date 82 miles

Average miles per month 110

Average weekly rate 25.2

Weather:Dense fog.

I thought twice about running tonight in the fog as visibility was so poor. I am not sure if running in such conditions is so good for you either. Nevertheless I ran a quick time and feel I have finally recovered from the Scenic Seven.

November is notorious for fog but often at this time of year it is accompanied by mild and wet weather. Often I must admit I interchange the words fog and mist and this is fine, the only difference being the density of the water droplets which are suspended in the air. If the air becomes cooler it can hold less less water vapor and can become super saturated. Some of the water vapor then condenses to form cloud. For the public and the motorist a mist becomes a fog when viability is less than 200 metres.

I would say visibility was down to less than 50 metres tonight and driving wasn’t pleasant.

County Upper/ Mere Road Circular Run Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, County Upper School, Hyde Wood on November 19, 2005 at 5:56 pm

10am 7 miles in 54 minutes 09 seconds.

Year to date mileage 1166

Month to date 76 miles

Average miles per month 110

Average weekly rate 25.3

Weather:Cold foggy morning .

Course: From County Upper School I ran through the Howard Estate and on to the Golf Course before reaching the B1106 Westley Road. Turn left here and right heading towards Risby past the Crematorium. At Hyde Cottages turn right and then run around Hyde Wood. The Hyde Road takes you back to Fornham All Saints and from here head back into town to the County Upper School.

A very mist morning couldn’t really see much and the camera let me down it failed to produce any pictures. Oh well for a digital camera which only cost about £15 I shouldn’t expect much and to be honest in the fog there wasn’t anything to see.

I got my running number this morning for next weeks Hadleigh 10. I will probably take it fairly easy this week prior to the race. I got number 274 so I expect there could be a good turn out just hope it remains dry and cold rather than wet and windy. Now I have said it I have probably cursed it !

The Monkees

In Bury St Edmunds, The Monkees on November 18, 2005 at 8:14 pm

5.30pm 5.5 miles in44 minutes 10 seconds.

Year to date mileage 1158

Month to date 69 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.2

Weather:Cold, dry clear moonlight November night.

An easy run tonight around the centre of town along Cullum Rd , Hospital rd, Horringer School past the fish and chip shop packed full of lucky people, up past the new cinema which has opened today in Bury, Risbygate Street and home.

Tonight I listened to the Monkees. Last Train to Clarksville, I Wanna Be Free , I’m a Believer and Daydream Believer. I kinda remember their tv shows from the late 60,s or was it 70’s? I don’t remember any particular plots or storey lines or what came first the acting or the band? I do seem to recall it was bit like the early Beatles films with lots of running around and being chased by hordes of fans.

I don’t think I have ever seen any repeats of the Monkees tv shows perhaps they really dated or were they just bad? Any way I still think they are good fun and Daydream Believer of course is sung at football grounds up and down the country with the words suitable changed.